Katie Holmes: The New Face of Miu-Miu

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Exciting news from the fashion annals of Jeremy Dante: Katie Holmes of the Scientology set is the new face of Miu-Miu, succeeding French actress Vanessa Paradis, and joining a list of other screen stars better known for what they do during off-hours, like Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan.

We've never been very impressed with Holmes and had planned to lash her with our whippiest whip, but the rose-hued imagery gave us pause. It appears she's finally shedded that mealy Dawson's Creekishness -- indeed, even gracefully eclipsed her polarizing husband and choice of faith -- and become a reserved but seductive little lady. (The work also feels less forced than Madonna's stuff for Louis Vuitton.)

We're almost giddy with like of her.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Magazine, Poster



What's a Penny Good For? Making Change.

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See what 1620 pennies can become -- in the span of 30 seconds! Ain't technology somethin'.

This time-lapse video is for the Million Penny Project, a group that takes up various causes (its current darling is homelessness) and solicits donations from local businesses.

The result of the short film -- an image composed entirely of pennies -- was displayed at a Miami bus stop last month to promote "Pumped for Change," an effort to raise $10,000 worth of pennies.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-09    
Topic: Campaigns, Cause, Guerilla, Online, Outdoor, Video



Asics Appropriates Chinese Legend for 'Made of Japan'

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Continuing Asics' campaign/pop culture tribute "Made of Japan" for Onitsuka, Amsterdam Worldwide developed "Zodiac Race," a by-land-and-sea battle between future members of the The Jade Emperor's Zodiac Calendar.

In the Chinese (!!) legend, Rat wins by riding the Ox. The turnout's no different in this vid, which is all manga'd out and about as fun as watching Wii Mario Kart (as opposed to playing it). Also, for some odd reason the dragon just flies around, doing inexplicable good deeds.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 6-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Strange, Trends and Culture, Video



'Look at that Detailing. That is a Sweet Ride, Right There.'

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Last week we reviewed a St. Lukes ad for IKEA's PAX wardrobe, which wordlessly depicted women being jostled about in an ongoing quest for safe haven.

In response, zig sent us its take on PAX. "Garagetalk" airs in Canada and was adapted in Germany. The vibe's completely different, but it still ties PAX to women and our apparently insatiable need for ambient shoe space.

Easing a friend into her PAXed-out closet with a casual "Welcome to the Jane-zone" (wince!), one chick shows off her wardrobe space with the attitude men adopt over modded "bachelor" garages. In case you miss the cues, concluding text wryly reads, "Men have the garage. Women have the PAX wardrobe."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 5-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Packaging, Television



nu-kitchen's Wordplay Sets Stage for Its Dishes

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These ads for nu-kitchen were pitched to us as eye candy for ex-English majors. Each has a tagline served up on a white plate -- innocuous at first, then you read the copy and your head starts bobbing subconsciously with the iambic meter.

See:

o You click, we cook, we deliver, you devour. (At left.)
o Knock knock. Who's there? Orange-chile tilapia with black forbidden rice.
o Gourmet delivery. Comfort food price.
o Click once. Eat happily ever after.

Each plate is furnished with a dish description in smaller text ("biscotti with dark chocolate dipping sauce," "espresso glazed pork with peruvian purple potatoes"). Outside the entree, there's a prominent promo: try three meals free.

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Please Make This Cow's Dream of Coming to California Real.

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Last year the California Milk Advisory Board started casting for a new cow to star in future campaigns. Guess the entries thus far haven't been mind-blowing, because "auditions" are still being taken. The most recent one is from Soo, a would-be diva with -- wait for it! -- Seoul.

We're of the growing suspicion that Milk is gunning for California's tourism department dollars. Really, do we have a tourism department? Because when we think of Cali, we increasingly envision catty heifers and great big cheese wheels.

Anywho, read bios and vote for your favourite meat slab at the website. Facebook add-ons come stock. Work by Deutsch LA.

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 4-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Online, Video



Western Union Delivers World Peace With Floating Yellow Blobs

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Don't you love those commercials that paint the world as a place in perfect harmony? Where everyone is happy? Where children play together happily? Where everyone is optimistic?

While it always seems to be asking too much, that didn't stop Publicis Hong Kong from creating this feel-good Western Union commercial in which floating blobs of yellow form the word "yes" reaffirming that, yes, life does move forward and people are saying yes to a brighter future.

Oh, and Western Union is there to help that happiness happen.

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(More) Mannequins Invade Manhattan

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Last Friday, with help from 180LA, Sony deployed an army of "living" mannequins across Manhattan. Chic gamines, harder around the eyeline than usual, were seen sitting at cafes, Grand Central Station and elsewhere, blogging and updating Facebook pages from their VAIO P Series devices.

The campaign also had a Fashion Week component: the dummies were dressed by designers aiming to promote their wares in conjunction with Sony's wee VAIOs.

Hmm. Plastic chicks with hot tech toys, expensive shoes and limited maneuverability. How on earth did anyone distinguish them from the other Sex and the City groupies?

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Events, Guerilla, Strange



Puma King Aspires to 'Complement Your Character'

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Each print ad in this Puma King series features a footballer (read: soccer-player) saturated in a theme shade, visually arresting imagery (three-headed dogs, eagles, dragons, elks) and the aforementioned tagline. See:

o Gold (at left)
o Black
o White
o Red

Diggin' the fantastical, slightly sinister four horsemen motif. It's such a romantic way of saying "our shoes come in many colours."

By the sublime Robert/Boisen & Like-minded/Copenhagen.

by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Magazine, Outdoor



'Behind every detail ... there's a detail.'

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In "House of Cards," Lexus showcases its buttery engine and vibration absorbing capabilities with not one but many houses -- and towers and turrets and a single Parthenon -- of cards.

The mini-monuments are built over and around a jet-black Lexus, with final flourishes added by a concentric figure in jeans and wavy hair -- the kind of guy you'd expect might know something about cardplay -- just to prove the work is legitimately fragile.

As the narrator sets the stage ("What happens when you take one of the smoothest engines anywhere ... and add 88 separate measures to absorb vibrations?"), the engine starts, underscoring the punchline: "Absolutely nothing."

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by Angela Natividad    Feb- 3-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television










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